The Chief of Police


Louis M. Kealoha
Chief of Police

The Honolulu Police Department's (HPD) tenth Chief of Police, Louis M. Kealoha was sworn in on November 25, 2009. Chief Kealoha and his administration are committed to making the City and County of Honolulu the safest city in the nation in which to live, work, and play. He envisions a police department focused on organizational effectiveness and efficiency, employee relations, community relations, and public service. His leadership philosophy, known as MAP, centers on the Hawaiian principles of mahalo, aloha, and pono. An example of this philosophy is Project CLEAN (Community Lokahi to Enrich our Aina Now), which brings law enforcement and community organizations together to improve the community through neighborhood clean-ups.

Chief Kealoha joined the HPD in 1983. During his career he rose through the ranks working in patrol for 13 years before being assigned to various elements including the Training Division, Narcotics/Vice Division, Office of Accreditation, the Criminal Investigation Division, and the Juvenile Services Division (now Community Affairs Division).

Born and raised in Honolulu, Chief Kealoha graduated from Damien Memorial High School in 1978. He holds bachelors degrees in criminal justice and business administration from Wayland Baptist University, a masters of science degree in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Southern California. Chief Kealoha is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.



Oahu is a paradise in many ways. We have beautiful island scenery, temperate weather, and a pace of life envied by many.

As a major U.S. metropolis, Honolulu is also vulnerable to crime problems similar to large mainland cities. While we are fortunate to have one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation, there is still work to be done.

As the Chief, my priorities include improving the effectiveness and efficiency of how we operate as a department, improving our employee relations, and bettering our service to the community. This year we'd like to focus on making our roadways safer and reduce property crime while managing our budget effectively. To accomplish this, we are relying on our speed enforcement, DUI saturation patrols, and impaired driver checkpoints. Our Community Policing Teams are working with neighborhood groups to solve chronic problems and address distinct issues in each community. Working together, we can be successful.

Thank you for visiting the HPD website. We hope you will find the information useful and that you will visit us again.

Malama Pono,
Louis M. Kealoha
Chief of Police

"Making Honolulu the safest place to live, work, and play."

Strategic Focus

Organizational effectiveness and efficiency. We will implement strategies that will make us more efficient in solving community problems and more effective at identifying patterns, trends, and changing safety issues impacting neighborhoods in every district. We will move aggressively to adopt new technologies to improve our effectiveness, enhance communication, and increase employee safety.

Employee relations. We will continue to find better ways to ensure a workplace that fosters effective communication, respect and civility. We will improve internal communications at all levels and do more to support career development for every member of the department. We will support our employees with innovations and training in technologies that can make their jobs easier, more effective, and safer.

Community relations and customer service. We will find more ways to involve the community in reducing both crime and the perception of crime, and we will work more closely together to resolve neighborhood concerns and enhance the quality of life in Honolulu. We will place particular emphasis on helping our youth and elderly, and we will work to ensure that visitors to our island home experience a safe stay and the welcome of our Aloha spirit.

Chief Kealoha's Leadership MAP

These are my principles:


Be thankful for what you have.
Value the privilege of serving the community.
Show appreciation for what others do.


Show respect toward others.
Provide excellent service.
Establish teamwork and partnerships.


Do the right thing.
Balance leadership and management.
Work, family, and self are all important.

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